2012 Egon Muller, Riesling, Scharzhof, Mosel Germany.
Undoubtably Egon Muller makes great wines and his are wines that collectors flock to, especially in a vintage such as 2012, but that said they are wildly expensive for what you find in the glass, even this delightful QbA seems a bit pricy. This is not a knock to Egon Muller as much as it is that my expectations were really high and that there are so many fantastic German Rieslings available now, and this wine did not live up to my hopes at this stage, even though it is really nice and was a super wine on the evening giving good refreshing relief to a hot day and warm night. With a slightly sweet palate and crisp acidity, a good match for some spicy Chinese food, this is a fine effort showing lots of mineral, white peach and juicy citrus, the Scharzhof is very pleasing and pure. I may be a little tough on this at this point, as it should develop nicely over the next decade as the vintage is one of the best in a generation. Classy details emerge with air and subtle earth, tropical essence, lime and briny notes add interest with a finishing touch of lemon, melon, stones and basil. A lingering honeyed mouth feel and tangerine make you want to pour another glass, drink over the coming 5 to 10 years, maybe best between 2016 and 2024, as I imagine there is much more to come here, in other words WAIT and be patient.
($36 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive
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